Why did you pursue a career in the instructional design and technology field?
As a public school teacher, I always felt like I was limited in my ability to make a difference through education. Instructional design offered me numerous ways to expand that influence.
What are some of your day-to-day responsibilities in your roles?
I engage with a lot of research projects centering on designing and improving online education. I teach pre-service education courses on technology integration. I'm also involved in several design projects where I get the chance to use some neat technology tools and resources.
How have you found your jobs? What advice do you have for someone trying to find a job in the instructional design and technology field?
My current jobs have come through my program advisers and other faculty members so I really haven't been on the real job market yet. Like most job searching, I think networking with peers and colleagues, including within AECT, will be my most valuable resource.
In what ways did your graduate program prepare you for your career?
Well, my masters in IP&T certainly prepared me for a PhD at Purdue. I really felt like I was more skilled and knowledgeable than a lot of my peers when first entering my PhD program, and I attribute that completely to the training I received at BYU. I believe my graduate work helped me to think creatively about education problems and design and conduct meaningful research.
Learn more about the career paths and day-to-day responsibilities of people working in the Higher Education and K-12 sectors of the IDT field! Respondents are students and alumni of the BYU IP&T program.
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